QYH event aims to empower women
20 Mar 2017 - 13:20
By Amna Pervaiz Rao | The Peninsula
In what was termed by many as a revolutionary move, Qatar Youth Hostel (QYH) created a platform for women across Qatar to get inspired to reach heights, with the valuable tips of successful women, through an event titled ‘First Women’s Forum’.
As many as 60 women of various age groups has turned up for the event to discuss the success stories and challenges faced by women in Qatar and around the world. They also talked about new initiatives and activities being provided by QYH to women despite their nationalities such as ‘Together from Qatar to world’ with panelists sharing their personal experiences and offering messages of empowerment with the assembled audience.
The event was attended by Qatari dignitaries, including Dr Sheikha Al Misnad, Ex President of Qatar University; Zainab Al Mahmoud, Manager of CRS and Community Engagement; and Wajeeda Al Qahtani, Manager of Girls Creativity Center in Azizya.
Dr Misnad spoke to The Peninsula on the sidelines of the event, “The key aim should be raising awareness about QYH in the society and particularly how women can participate in different activities that QYH provides.” It was announed during the event that the doors of QYH is opened for all the ladies present at the event.
“QYH is not just a place for people to stay by paying a reasonable membership price but a place that teaches you how to develop other values in youth like team building, tolerance, acceptance, learning life skills etc. We focus on how to encourage ladies to be a part of this organisation in order to develop their personalities,” she further added.
The strategy behind the participation of young girls in a variety of activities happening in Qatar has also come up for discussion at the event. As part of the event, the forum also celebrated International Women’s Day at QYH.
Zainab Al Mahmoud opined that QYH is providing an established platform for ladies to improve their abilities and prove themselves in the society.
“We should step out from the darkness and wear the light to showcase ourselves. I aim to cultivate a plant which gives countless fruits and a person who is always here to understand the problems you face.”
Wajeeda, during her speech, announced that she opens doors of ‘Girls Creativity center’ for QYH in relation to different activities, especially ‘Kashta’, an initiative aims communication and integration among both the Centers.
Talking to The Peninsula, Halima Alazkawi, Head of Marketing and PR at QYH said, “Today we have given an Introduction about QYH to 60 ladies present at the event. Whenever we say ‘Shabab’ (Arabic word for youth) , it always gives an idea of ‘Young Boys.’ But recently our new CEO hired a number of ladies to work for QYH and turned it upside down. Our major goal for today was to give an introduction to all the women present today. Together we hold a brainstorming session and shared ideas on how we can help women in different activities.”
He also said that she is very happy that ladies today speak about their problems and share their ideas to implement. “Today as we are celebrating International Women’s Day I would give urge all ladies ‘to be yourself’, no matter what you do, do with all your abilities,” he further added.
Zoha Pervaiz Akhtar, Admin Officer at QYH said that: “Being a part of this organisation makes me feel over whelmed, the ideas all ladies have shared with us have given us strength to put efforts to implement these ideas in near future. Today we have opened doors of QYH to all the women present with us and they will give us opportunity to do wonders in coming days. We celebrate International Women’s day, this day is the day to pay tribute to every Woman and to salute her immense contribution in shaping the society. I feel proud to celebrate this occasion today.”
The participants appreciated the efforts of QYH in bringing all the ladies at one platform and open doors of QYH for them. “The initiatives they shared with us today were amazing to travel inside Qatar and outside Qatar and activities that develop us from different prescriptive. We suggested many programmes that help us to be a part of the community,” said Fatima Muhammad, an employee of QDB present at the event.